The top two contenders in the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models points race each grabbed a feature race win Saturday at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
Steve Carlson survived two early-race wrecks to claim his sixth feature win of the season, while Brad Powell won his third feature in the second feature of the night.
The first race had two caution flags in the first two laps. Matthew Henderson and Carter Christenson spun in turn four on the opening lap. After the field reset and the race restarted, Scott Rand tangled with Jason Dummer, Mike Carlson and Shawn Pfaff on the front stretch coming to the line. Dummer's car was launched into the air.
Steve Carlson meanwhile caught and passed Powell - the man chasing him in the points standings - and held on for the win. Cole Howland finished second, followed by Jerimy Wagner, Adam Degenhardt and Jack Litsheim. Powell cut a tire and faded to seventh.
"I missed a couple big wrecks and got hit in the back," Steve Carlson said after the race. "Luckily we were able to make it through. Cole ran a great race, but the bottom worked out for us."
Powell redeemed himself in the second feature, holding off Degenhardt in a two-lap shootout following a late caution. Harley Jankowski finished third, Wagner fourth and Steve Carlson fifth.
"We worked our butts off this week, and today in hot laps. Our car was very good tonight, and we earned this win," Powell said afterward. "Thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight."
In the Dean's Satellite Sportsmen, Brad Warthan captured his first career feature win, holding off points leader Nick Clements and Rick Johnson.
"The car ran great tonight, really good," Warthan said afterward. "Johnny Olson ran my car last week and helped me set it up a little, it ran so well."
Thomas Farra won the Auto Value Thunderstox feature and Dan Osthoff won the Auto Value Street Stocks feature.
Racing returns Saturday, July 25, with Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox and Hornets action.